Gorgeous Garden Design…..Designed for Entertaining

Gorgeous Garden Design

Gorgeous Garden Design

This gorgeous garden design, which is located near Blackrock, Co Dublin transformed an existing old garden into a wonderful, soft and relaxing garden designed to complement the house and provide spaces for dining, BBQ’ing and relaxing with friends.    The design worked with an existing patio adjacent to the house and is based on two interlocking half circles which lead you down the garden to enjoy both the views of the garden itself and beautiful building behind.    

Feature Garden Aubergine Wall

Feature Garden Aubergine Wall

Two raised beds were built adjacent to the existing patio to frame the view’s out into the garden and to create a more enclosed feeling on the patio.  The patio was also enhanced by the limestone finish on the walls of the raised beds and a feature wall, painted a rich aubergine colour which has three feature pots set to its fore.   The raised beds wrap around on one side of the garden to link to another  new smaller granite patio adjacent to the  boundary where a BBQ is set snuggly within the raised beds, with space  in front to socialize comfortably with friends while BBQing.  

 A beautiful lawn, edged in mixed granite cobbles of oatmeal and silver, is a central feature within the garden.  It is linked to the a gravel finished fire pit area set at the end of the garden which is  accessed by a casual 

Suspended Garden Bench

Suspended Garden Bench

stepping stone path through the lawn. 

The  fire pit itself and the rear of the seat are made from grey limestone walling stone to match the raised beds adjacent to the patio and a wooden bench is suspended invisibly from the wall to provide casually seating by the fire pit.  This creates a wonderful feature which is both attractive to view from within the house and to enjoy when in the garden.    An attractive garden building is set into the north corner of the garden, partially camouflaged by planting and accessed via the fire pit area.    The garden is encircled by  planting which on maturity will create a lush backdrop with lots of variation in texture and colour to enhance the feeling of enclosure.       

 Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Davidstown Landscaping. 

BBQ Area

BBQ Area

Gravel Fire Pit Area

Gravel Fire Pit Area

Garden Log Store

Garden Log Store

Small Garden Design

Amazing Small Garden Deisgn

Small Garden Design

Lawn with Stepping Stone Path

Lawn with Stepping Stone Path

 

This gorgeous but amazingly simple small garden design was completed this year for a garden in west Dublin and transformed a small unattractive space into a wonderful garden to be enjoyed all year around. The garden was quite small and an unusual shape at just over 10m at its longest by nearly 6m wide. The existing garden was finished in rough earth after works on an extension to the house had been completed and the garden needed a major upgrade to compliment the new extension.

The new design is based on a circular theme  with two overlapping circles interconnected to a semi-circular patio.    The design uses structure to create interest and also to soften the garden.  The patio is finished in tumbled yellow limestone, which adds to the softening effect and is complimented by yellow limestone cobbles which edge the lawn and patio.   

Interest is added to the small circular lawn with a stepping stone path which hugs the curve of the lawn and leads to a natural rock water feature set in a bed of Scottish cobbles near the end of the garden. 

Rock Water Feature

Rock Water Feature

 

 

 

The lawn and patio are surrounded by borders filled with plants which on maturity will fill the garden with colour and give the garden a feeling of enclosure.     All surrounding walls were plastered and painted white to reflect as much light as possible back into this lovely garden.

Garden Before New Garden Design

Garden Before New Garden Design

Family Garden Design in Dalkey, Co Dublin

Family Garden Design

Family Garden Design

This  garden design aimed to maximise the space in the centre of the garden for future children’s play space and equipment whilst at the same time softening the exterior of the garden and incorporating some nice features.   

The existing garden was mainly a large rectangular lawn with just a few trees and a new shed located in the corner of the garden.    We aimed to soften the edges by curving the flower beds and creating a number of features within the garden based on a circle theme.   

 

The old apple tree in the garden was nicely enhanced by encircling it beautifully in a ring of cobbles created

Pebble Design Around Old Apple Tree

Pebble Design Around Old Apple Tree

in a radiating pattern of  Scottish cobbles.    The other existing feature within the current garden which we wanted to retain was an old granite seat .  We  transformed  it into a lovely focal point, with a wooden chunky Pergola overhanging the existing seat and  the creation of two semi-circles of stone around the seat, the inner circle finished in Egyptian limestone and the outer circle in complementary  granite cobbles.  

A third circular feature was created at the end of  the garden where a  circular patio  with a difference  was created .  The patio was cut in a radial pattern from Egyptian limestone and mixed with two rings of oatmeal granite cobbles 069 (2)to give it an overall softer appearance.    This patio was then backed up by a low semi-circular wall made from granite to match the granite seat nearest the house.  

A new lawn starts off nearest the patio adjacent to the house and becomes softer nearer the end of the garden where it curves around the new circular patio and existing shed.   The paving material used in the existing patio was Egyptian limestone and we used this to link the patio to the  new semi circles of stone around the existing granite seat and then to lead down to the end of the garden to the new circular patio via a set of random stepping-stones.   We also use the complementary granite cobble to edge the lawn to help with overall maintenance.

Borders were created around the garden to allow planting to soften the boundaries.     The planting within

Old Granite Bench with Pergola

Old Granite Bench with Pergola

the design contains some lovely feature trees, including Japanese Maples and a selection of shrubs and perennials incorporating a good percentage of evergreen species to ensure that the garden is attractive in the winter.  The planting uses some lovely maroon / reddish tones both within the foliage colour and  in the flowers to match the decor in the main living areas of the house looking out over the garden.

Beautifully designed and planted by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Think Outside.ie

Contemporary Garden Design in South Dublin

Photo 2This contemporary garden design was completed this year for a garden in Dalkey, Co Dublin.      The garden was not large and already had a generous paved area, a lawn at a higher level supported by a low wall and a border at the back of the garden supported by another wall.   The rear boundary wall however,  was the biggest problem as it was constructed from a mix of materials from concrete blocks, to natural rock and timber fencing and as it was,  it would never provide a good back drop to any new garden design.  In such a small garden the backdrop is very important and has to be addressed.

Stepping Stone Path

Stepping Stone Path

We used limestone walling to face both this rear wall and both raised walls within the garden, which due to its rich grey colour complimented beautifully the existing finish on the modern garden building located in the corner.   In order to completely finish the wall to the same height as the previous fencing, we then capped the wall with bangkirai wooden laths which also has wonderful depth of colour and compliments the limestone.

We then focused attention into the garden by creating a pattern of granite paving slabs forming a contemporary version of a stepping stone path from the top of the steps to a small new patio located in the corner of the lawn.

The lawn itself was framed by continuing the granite, in the form of cobbles around the outside and edging

Garden Before

Garden Before

the flower beds to the sides and fore of the garden.   To finish the garden design, we came up with a beautiful planting scheme which enhanced the structure of the garden with more formal detail including box hedging and box balls nearest the main patio and a more relaxed mixed arrangement of planting in the border at the end of the garden.

Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly construction by Davidstown Contracting & Landscaping